(New York City)-The National Lacrosse League has announced the 2001-2002 First and Second Team All-Pro Selections.
The First Team All-Pros are as follows:
Player Team Position
Paul Gait Washington Forward
Pat Coyle Toronto Defense
Josh Sanderson Albany Forward
Gary Gait Washington Forward
Tracey Kelusky Montreal Forward
Rob Blasdell Albany Goaltender
The Second Team All Pros are as follows:
Player Team Position
Colin Doyle Toronto Forward
Chris Gill Vancouver Forward
John Grant Jr. Rochester Forward
Gavin Prout New York Forward
John Tavares Buffalo Forward
Dwight Maetche Vancouver Goaltender
Paul Gait (Washington): In his 12th and final season of professional indoor lacrosse play, Gait led all NLL scorers in points with 114 (54G, 60A) to claim this season NLL Scoring Title. Gait also took home two Player of the Month honors in both January and March.
Pat Coyle (Toronto): In his sixth season of indoor lacrosse competition Coyle shut down the opposition's forwards, while helping lead the Rock defense to a League-low 176 goals against. In addition he registered 16 points (4G, 12A)
and finished third best in team looseballs with 109.
Josh Sanderson (Albany): Finished fourth best in League scoring with 103 points (35G, 68A) while setting a new all-time regular season assists record. The 5'6 Orangeville, Ontario native led all Attack scorers in both assists and total points.
Gary Gait (Washington): With 111 points (50G, 61A) Gait was awarded with his 12th straight First Team All-Pro honor this season. Finishing second in League scoring Gait posted career-high numbers while helping lead the Power to a first place finish in the Eastern Division.
Tracey Kelusky (Montreal): Last Year's NLL Rookie of the Year, Kelusky makes his first-ever appearance as a First-Team All Pro while placing sixth in NLL scoring with 94 points (44G, 50A). The NLL's Player of the Month for November-December, Kelusky headlined the expansion Montreal Express on offense this year.
Rob Blasdell (Albany): The NLL leader in total saves (644), wins (13), and minutes played (954), rounds out the First Team All-Pro selections. In between the pipes this season the 6'1 net minder ranked second and third respectively in League save percentage (0.775) and goals against average
Colin Doyle (Toronto): 2001-2002 marks the third time on the All-Pro list (Second Team, 1998 & 2001) and his first as a First Team member for Rock forward Doyle. Doyle, who led all Rock players in points with 80 (47G, 33A) placed 12th in NLL scoring.
Chris Gill (Vancouver): With 53 goals, Gill finished one-goal shy of the League lead, all the while pacing the Ravens in total points with 90 (53G, 37A). Furthermore the Vancouver, British Columbia native was named as February's NLL Player of the Month.
John Grant Jr. (Rochester): The NLL's third leading scorer with 105 points (52G, 53A) Grant led the Knighthawks to a 13-3 record, second best in the League. In addition the third year indoor lacrosse veteran was tops amongst all 'K-Hawk' scorers this season.
Gavin Prout (New York): A member of the NLL All-Rookie Team, the No.1 overall selection in 2001 NLL Entry Draft Prout finished his freshman season as the 12th highest scorer in League play with 82 points (30G, 52A) and first among all Saints team members. Prout was also named as the Rookie of the Month for February.
John Tavares (Buffalo Bandits): The NLL Most Valuable Player for the 2000 and 2001 seasons, Tavares posted 88 points (42G, 46A) to rank 8th in NLL scoring in 2002. In addition Tavares highlighted the Bandit offense serving as the team leader in total points.
Dwight Maetche (Vancouver): The second Vancouver Raven to be selected to the 2001-2002 All-Pro Teams, goaltender Maetche stood tall in net for the Ravens, posting a 11.77 Goals Against Average, good for second best in the NLL. In addition he ranked fourth in both NLL saves (595) and save percentage (0.770) respectively.
The League Awards are voted on by the Board of Governors and General Managers of the League's thirteen member clubs.